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Part of the Family

Julie shares behind-the-scenes deets on what it's like to work for Bethenny!

By Julie Plake


Hey. Bethenny's assistant Julie here. I cannot believe I am writing a blog on and it is even more surreal that I am a part of this fun, down to earth and hilarious new show, Bethenny Getting Married? Things in my life are much different than I could have ever imagined when I left my hometown of Pittsburgh to move to New York in 2005. I always knew that when I met Bethenny in the Hamptons my first summer in New York, that somehow I would end up being a part of her life. She loves to tell the story about how she knew when she asked me to cut a tomato that I would be a great assistant. I am just lucky that years later when I was ready for a new opportunity that she gave me a chance and hired me.

I have worked with Bethenny since March 2009, and since day one, things have been fast moving and non-stop. A lot of the time it is stressful and tasks sometimes seem mundane, but overall when I step back and look at the small empire she has built - I am proud to be a part of it.

A lot of people ask me what working for Bethenny is like. It is most likely exactly what you would imagine it to be. She is a tough boss, with a lot of quirks, but very kind and encouraging. She wants me to succeed and is very thankful for everything I do - even if things sometimes move too fast to stop and smell the roses.

When Bethenny decided to hire another assistant, I was of course thrilled to have the help. Although sometimes I can be a control freak and want to do everything by myself, I knew with all that was going on that it would be nice to have someone to lean on. Although I did not directly interview Max (I was listening from the office) - he gave a great interview and won Bethenny and Cookie over.



Being a part of Bethenny and Jason's life day in and day out, I have learned a lot about both of them. And one thing is for sure - they are meant to be. As you watch them through these upcoming episodes, you will have a real idea of how they are together. They laugh, they fight, they nag, they forgive, but most importantly they love.

I am a lucky girl to be part of this "family" and be on this journey with Bethenny and team! I am so excited to watch with all of you how the past few months play out, especially the wedding and the welcoming of Baby Bryn. For fun updates on my daily life with Bethenny and crew, follow me @julieplake on Twitter!


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